Inspiration: Winter by Jamie Hogsett9:58 AM
As part of their blogger program, Artbeads.com invited me to create a piece about "Winter Enchantment," something that expresses what I find beautiful about this season. To me, winter in Colorado means bright blue skies, dark evergreen trees, and ice. And what better to represent ice than clear Swarovski Elements?! Polygon drop and teardrop pendants make perfect icicles in this necklace. Simplicity crystal beads work well as spacers in addition. The sharp facets of all of the Swarovski Elements reflect sun the same way icicles would, only the beads won't melt.
I used 24-gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire in green, baby blue, and non-tarnish silver for the wirework. The messy, uneven wraps help illustrate the icicle idea in the front part of the necklace. For the chain at the back of the piece, I used the smallest tool in the Twist N Curl Mini Set to make little wire beads, then wrapped them all together. Sterling silver 4mm jump rings and a pretty sterling silver filigree clasp finish the piece.
Now that it's March, we only have a few weeks of winter left until spring rolls in with its blossoming of life. With this necklace, I'll be able to enjoy my favorite parts of the coldest season even as temperatures warm up in a warmer one!
Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and a Swarovski Elements Ambassador. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.